December 31, 2016 @ 4:00PM — 8:00PM
Choral Arts Philadelphia and the Bach Festival of Philadelphia, led by Artistic Director Matthew Glandorf, will offer a rare performance of J.S. Bach’s complete Christmas Oratorio BWV 248. The late afternoon concert takes place at Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral (38th and Chestnut Streets) and will include an extended intermission, food and drink concessions.
Christmas Oratorio is, in actuality, a collection of six Cantatas, that together present a continuing narrative of the Christmas story as presented in the Gospels of St. Matthew, St. Luke and St. John. It was compiled and premiered in Leipzig during the major Feast Days of Christmastide 1734/35, December 25 through January 6. One of Bach's larger works, Christmas Oratorio is rarely performed in its entirety due to the fact that each cantata has a different instrumentation. Additionally, according to Glandorf, "the work has particularly virtuosic choral and solo writing, making the piece inaccessible to many ensembles." Glandorf, who grew up in Germany, commented: "The performance of the complete Christmas Oratorio is a popular tradition of many European orchestras and choirs, especially in Germany where almost every major city offers the work during the Season."
TICKETS: Early bird: $10-30 ($15-45 after November 30).